For the first time in her prep career, junior Maren Reeder of the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team isn't entering a season chasing the program record in the 100-yard breaststroke set by Kathy Burnside.

For the first time in her prep career, junior Maren Reeder of the Thomas Worthington High School girls swimming and diving team isn't entering a season chasing the program record in the 100-yard breaststroke set by Kathy Burnside.

Reeder finished fourth in the event in the Division I district meet last season at Ohio State in 1 minute, 6.02 seconds, breaking Burnside's record of 1:06.3 that had stood since 1978.

"I wanted to get the record since I came in as a freshman," Reeder said. "It's really cool to finally get that."

The focus now for Reeder and her teammates is to top what they accomplished last season.

The Cardinals placed second (252 points) in the OCC-Central Division meet, behind Upper Arlington (433) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (171), Hilliard Davidson (159), Central Crossing (72), Worthington Kilbourne (61) and Hilliard Darby (50).

Thomas then won the Worthington sectional (194), placed third (201) at district behind UA (505) and Watterson (240) and finished 13th (56) at state behind champion UA (286) for its highest state finish since placing 11th in 2003.

"Last year's team's work ethic and the way they came through in the big meets for us stand out," said 29th-year coach Jim Callahan, whose team plays host to the Worthington/Dublin Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, in its opener. "It was a good experience for everyone."

Reeder is one of four returning state qualifiers for the Cardinals. The others are senior Katie Allison, junior Abby Jank and sophomore Julia Valentine.

Last year at state, Reeder placed 11th (1:06.31) in the 100 breast, Valentine finished 15th (1:07.05) in the 100 breast, Reeder, Valentine, Allison and 2011 graduate Claudia Doyle placed eighth (1:47.62) in the 200 medley relay, Jank, Reeder, 2011 graduate Carly Davis and Doyle placed 11th (3:35.99) in the 400 freestyle relay and Allison, Valentine, Jank and Davis finished 20th (1:40.71) in the 200 free relay.

Also at state last year, Doyle placed second (program-record 55.76) in the 100 backstroke, behind Cincinnati Ursuline's Emily Slabe (55.63), and finished 17th (24.39) in the 50 free. The previous record in the 100 back was 56.0, which was set by Sheri White in 1989.

Others expected to be key contributors include seniors Ashley Parks and Lauryn Rabold and sophomore Cassandra Laios.

"We've been training really hard for the season," Jank said. "We're hoping we can continue to improve before districts and states. Swimming can be a very discouraging sport, so we encourage (the new swimmers) to never give up and it will definitely pay off at the end of the season."

•The boys team has some major holes to fill after losing key swimmers to graduation, but the Cardinals are counting on their depth to make up for the losses.

Seniors Michael Allison, George Doyle, Michael Frankland (diver) and Adam Wolf, juniors Trenton Harper and Mason Zurovchak and sophomores Matt Reed and Michael Wolf lead the list of the returnees.

Adam Wolf, Harper and Reed are the only returnees who competed at state last year.

Among those who graduated last spring were Sam Reeder, the team's only swimmer to score points at state last year, and Phillip Mueller. The Cardinals lost two other state qualifiers in junior Edgar Caraballo and sophomore Jesus Caraballo, whose family moved out of the school district.

At state last season, Reeder placed ninth (program-record 21.14) in the 50 free and finished 13th (47.43) in the 100 free, Jesus Caraballo, Harper, Mueller and Reeder finished 19th (1:29.24) in the 200 free relay, Harper, Reed, Edgar Caraballo and Jesus Caraballo finished 23rd (1:40.77) in the 200 medley relay and Jesus Caraballo, Adam Wolf, Reeder and Mueller finished 23rd (3:19.48) in the 400 free relay.

Last season, Thomas finished second in the OCC-Central meet with 252 points, behind UA (388.5) and ahead of Coffman (162.5), Kilbourne (133), Darby (123), Davidson (98) and Central Crossing (55).

The Cardinals then placed second (195) in the Worthington sectional behind New Albany (238), placed fourth (161) at district behind UA (432.5), St. Charles (347.5) and New Albany (197.5) and tied Garfield Heights for 31st (13) at state behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (312).

"I always measure a team's success by how the relays do," Callahan said.

"That's going to be a challenge because we are trying to replace some key swimmers. How we replace those swimmers is going to be an indicator of how our season is going to go."